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Trinity House

Trinity Square, EC3Built:  1793-96, additions and repair 1952-53Architect:  Samuel Wyatt   (1952-53 work: Sir Albert Edward Richardson)Location:  Tower HillListing:  Grade I  (1950) Samuel was James Wyatt’s less ‘artistic’ but technically very proficient brother and this particular edifice, both in plan and… Read More »Trinity House

Tower Hill

(and Tower Ward) Tower Hill and the surrounding Tower Ward take their name from “the most celebrated fortress in Great Britain”: The Tower of London.  Note that the Tower itself lies just outside the boundary of the City of London,… Read More »Tower Hill

British Linen Bank

37-38 Threadneedle Street, EC2Built:  1902-1903Architect:  John Macvicar AndersonLocation:  Threadneedle StreetListing:  Grade II  (1972) Between 1725 and 1900, this was the location of a large building known as South Sea House, headquarters of the eponymous South Sea Company.  Rebuilt-after a fire… Read More »British Linen Bank

Oriental Bank Co.

40 Threadneedle Street, EC2Built:  not documented (but between 1845 and 1887)Architect:  not documentedLocation:  Threadneedle StreetListing:  Grade II  (1977) Squeezed between the Eagle Insurance and British Linen Bank buildings, at the entrance to Adam’s Court, stands an arcaded building with a… Read More »Oriental Bank Co.

Eagle Insurance

41-42 Threadneedle Street, EC2Built:  1902,  extended in 1957Architect:  John McVicar Anderson  (extension by Waterhouse & Ripley)Location:  Threadneedle StreetListing:  Grade II  (1977) This refined, yet very approachable building benefits from its position next to the front court at No. 40 (Adams… Read More »Eagle Insurance

Africa Banking Corporation

43-47 Threadneedle Street, EC2Built:  1890Architect:  T. H. SmithLocation:  Threadneedle StreetListing:  Grade II  (1977) In 1890, a consortium of major British banks (Lloyds, National Provincial, Westminster) together with the Standard Bank of South Africa established a new bank with headquarters in… Read More »Africa Banking Corporation

City Bank

currently the Threadneedles Hotel 5-6 Threadneedle Street, EC2Built:  1855-56Architect:  William and Andrew MoseleyLocation:  Threadneedle StreetListing:  Grade II  (1972) This building is an excellent example of a medium-sized but ‘high-spec’ palazzo of the type favoured by early joint-stock banks in the… Read More »City Bank

Westminster Bank

51-53 Threadneedle Street and 5 Old Broad Street, EC2Built:  1922-1931Architect:  Arthur Joseph Davis (Mewès & Davis)Location:  Threadneedle StreetListing:  Grade II*  (1971) Unlike some other large City ‘ground scrapers’ of the first half of the 20th C., this building does not… Read More »Westminster Bank

Threadneedle Street

Threadneedle Street is among the most iconic City of London streets and therefore rich with historical associations.  Rather surprisingly, until the early modern era, both Threadneedle Street and what is now called Old Broad Street, which intersects with Threadneedle, were… Read More »Threadneedle Street